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Career Opportunities

From planners to social workers, fire fighters to librarians, Waterford City and County Council has a huge offering in terms of career choices.

Our employees come from a wide range of professional backgrounds with a variety of skill sets, qualifications and experience.  New job opportunities are regularly advertised on our website and information on some of our many roles can be found below.

Administrative Staff

Waterford City and County Council is heavily reliant on the efficiencies of our administrative grades in the delivery of our services. Opportunities for progression become available at regular intervals from the grade of Clerical Officer (Grade III) to middle management roles such as Senior Staff Officer (Grade VI) and Administrative Officer (Grade VII).

Through the Public Appointment Service, the Council also recruit for senior management roles such as Senior Executive Officer (Grade VIII) or Director of Service.

Administrative Staff


Engineers are involved in infrastructural project management as well as maintenance and upkeep of built infrastructure, particularly in the areas of Roads, Water Services, Environment and Housing, and are typically part of multidisciplinary teams. There are plenty of opportunities for engineers to work and build significant experience in the Council.

Engineers can progress from the grade of Graduate Engineer to Assistant Engineer, through to Executive Engineer, Senior Executive Engineer and Senior Engineer.

Roles can include work in Tramore Regional design office, under the auspice of Transport Infrastructure Ireland.


Technicians are assigned in a number of areas such as Housing, Roads, Environment, Planning and Water Services. Roles can include the preparation of drawings, specifications and tender documents and the analysis and assessment of tenders and recommendation reports.

Technicians also have a role in the supervision of contractors engaged by the Council in a number of directorates.



The role of planners will see them involved in development management, economic development, forward planning and sustainable development, as well as planning enforcement. Planners work in partnership with key stakeholders to manage Waterford City and County’s physical, economic, social and cultural development.

Planners work to ensure compliance with National development frameworks, and to ensure the standard of development continues to place Waterford as the ideal place to work, live and visit.

Planners are employed in grades from Graduate Planner up to Senior Executive Planner.


Information Technology

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is a key enabler of Local Government service delivery and plays an increasingly important role in the ongoing development of Waterford City and County Council as a public service provider.

The Information Systems (I.S.) Department delivers essential technology and follow-up support to Waterford City and County Council. The Department works to ensure that all necessary software, processes and systems are in place to meet the requirements of the organisation.

Roles in this department range from IS and GIS support staff to IS analyst/developer roles and IS project leaders.

Outdoor Staff & Trades

Outdoor staff are employed in wide range of services areas. They ensure the Council’s open spaces are kept in good condition, undertake maintenance works in the Council’s housing, repair roads and keep the streets of the county clean.

Outdoor staff are employed in grades from General Operative through to General Services Supervisor.

Outdoor Staff

Fire Services

Waterford City & County Council has a full-time fire service in Waterford City, supported by a retained service across the City and County. Fulltime and retained fire fighters are recruited directly by the Council through a competitive selection process.

The main technical roles are that of Assistant Chief Fire Officers recruited through Council run competitions and Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officers and a Chief Fire Officer recruited by the Public Appointments Service.

Technical staff are also assigned to a dedicated Fire Prevention Section to ensure that the built environment is protected and that all new buildings comply with legislative requirements.

Waterford Fire Service


Library services are delivered by staff across a range of grades: Executive Librarians who plan and oversee operations in the local libraries in the city and county, as well as planning, promoting and managing programmes of events and activities in their libraries.

Librarians and Library Staff Officers who assist the Executive Librarians in their role, with devolved responsibilities as appropriate, and who manage operations when Executive Librarians are not present. Library Assistants who work directly with the public, answering queries and generally helping the public make best use of the service; Senior Library Assistants who carry out similar tasks but who also have a supervisory role.

Leading and managing the service is the responsibility of the County Librarian and Senior Executive Librarians.